Six hundred lucky fans were treated to a performance by the legendary Rolling Stones on Thursday at an intimate club in Paris, before the British rock stars embarked on a 50th anniversary tour.
Having purchased their tickets earlier in the day, excited fans queued patiently outside the tiny La Trabendo rock club in northern Paris, some sporting jackets bearing the name of the famous group.
Their patience was rewarded with 75 minutes of exhilarating performance by the Stones’ guitarists Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood, drummer Charlie Watts and lead singer Mick Jagger, who belted out hits like ‘Jumpin Jack Flash’, ‘Route 66’ and ‘Brown Sugar’.
The Stones had announced on Twitter that they were selling just 350 tickets for 15 euros each at the Virgin Megastore on the Champs Elysees from midday on Thursday, which saw fans camping out at the store from midnight.
Earlier this month, the Stones announced that they would perform four concerts — two in London and two near New York — to celebrate their 50th anniversary.
The announcement has been overshadowed by fan complaints about high ticket prices, which ranged from 95 pounds ($150) to as much as 950 pounds for a “VIP hospitality” seat.
Places have been offered online for several thousands pounds each, British media have reported.
The Rolling Stones, one of rock and roll’s most successful acts, will play the O2 Arena in the British capital on November 25 and 29 before crossing the Atlantic to perform at the Prudential Center, Newark, on December 13 and 15.
The group will perform on a stage designed around the band’s trademark tongue and lips logo, and organisers have promised a high-tech live experience.
Jagger has already hinted that the four concerts would be a prelude for a longer tour.
The band behind a string of hits including “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”, “Honky Tonk Women” and “Angie”, started out on July 12, 1962 at the Marquee Club in London’s Oxford Street.
Watch a part of the intimate show below.